GPRC Lose Both against First Place Lakeland
November 24, 2015
Coming off a bye weekend and eager to return to action, the GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team made the long journey to Lloydminster to face off with the undefeated Lakeland Rustlers.
On Friday, a jittery Wolves squad came out cold going down 16-5 after the 1st Quarter against the talented Rustlers. Despite rallying and finding good shots most of the night, poor shooting from the field resulted in a 75-48 loss at the hands of Lakeland. An offensive bright spot & Player of the Game for GPRC, first year Guard Jessa Ivicak scored 13 off the bench and connected on 3 of her 4 three point attempts.
Saturday afternoon saw the Wolves turn it around some, as they hung with the tough Rustlers on their home floor. Down 7 with two minutes left in the third, Lakeland proved a bit too much to handle as the Wolves eventually fell 70-53. GPRC was led in scoring by the duo of third year Guards, Megan Belcourt & Jackie Elgert, who scored 12 & 14, respectively. Elgert was named Player of the Game as she continues to build on her impressive first semester. Battling foul trouble most of the night, second year starting Forward Kelly-Ann Sawatzky was solid inside posting 8 points & 7 rebounds, and first year Forward Riki Steward, who is growing more comfortable each week, pitched in 6 points & 4 rebounds as well off the bench.
Currently sitting at 5 wins and 5 losses, the GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team hosts the U of A – Augustana Vikings in their final weekend of the first semester November 27. A big weekend for the Wolves a
s Augustana sits directly ahead of them in the standings with a chance to jump them heading in to the Christmas break.
Wolves Crush the Thunder, Win Two
November 24, 2015
After having the previous weekend off from play, the GPRC Women’s Volleyball team was back in action this weekend against the Concordia Thunder. The Wolves wanted to regain some momentum after two tough losses to the King Eagles. The women did that, by defeating the Thunder Friday and Saturday.
Concordia has a young team, with not a whole lot of experience. Their strongest aspects are their middle players, and the ability to not give up. They have not had any wins so far in their season, so the Wolves wanted to capitalize on that. On Friday night the Wolves took the Thunder in three straight sets. The sets early on were point for point and their middles were exposing the Wolves with hard hits. However, by mid set the Wolves managed to pull ahead and get the win. Notably in the second set, Janelle Dentinger came in to serve and got on a run. This run allowed the Wolves to finish off the set and have momentum going into the third and final set. Setter, Kirsten Rodacker, was named player of the game.
On Saturday, the Wolves had confidence from Friday’s win to shut down the Thunder once again, and beat them three straight sets. Because of the Wolve’s deep bench, they were able to have a slightly different line up and still come out with a solid win. The team was able to shut down the Concordia middles with tough serves and solid blocks. The Wolves outsides were also hitting hard balls that were not easily defended by the Thunder. Setter, Stefanie Zahara, was named player of the game Saturday. The Wolves team as a whole on Friday and Saturday executed and played hard all game to earn the two wins.
Next weekend, the women head to Camrose to take on the Augustana Viking’s for the last games of the first semester.
Mens Basketball split against Lakeland
November 24, 2015
This weekend, the Wolves faced the Lakeland Rustlers, in Lloydminster. An exciting game Friday night saw the Wolves up 3 points at half time and going into the 4th quarter 1 point down. After trading baskets the entire 4th quarter, the men unfortunately couldn't pull away from the Rustlers and lost 81 - 86
Notable performances came from Kenneth Johnson who led GPRC with 20 points along with Michael Clemons who added 16 points and 10 assists. Player of the game went to Derek McKnight. Coach Slifka commented that the Wolves " executed our game plan early but had a lot of breakdowns late in the game. Credit to Lakeland on Friday, as they hit some huge shots. We struggled to score from the perimeter, something we need to continue to do because teams are packing the paint on us.”
On Saturday it was a completely different game. The Wolves led from the tip and took a 15 point lead into half time. That lead never got lower than 15. Again, Kenneth Johnson led all scorers with 20 points and Derek McKnight added 15 points. Coach Slifka notes that "this win is the largest margin of victory for a GPRC Mens Basketball team since 2006-2007, when GPRC beat Concordia by 27 points" adding that “ the men did a much better job moving the ball on Saturday, pushing the ball in transition, and contesting jump shots. We also limited our turnovers and hit a bunch of big shots."
Next Up, the Wolves host Augustana Vikings in the GPRC Gym. Friday the women play at 6pm and the men at 8pm, and Saturday women at 1pm and men at 3pm
Wolves Women Get Home Sweep!
November 10, 2015
Coming off a tough weekend away, the GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team was able to bounce back in a big way with two home wins against The King’s University Eagles, from Edmonton. The Wolves offense was clicking from the jump on the way to victories of 76-44 Friday, and 73-44 Saturday.
Friday night, it was a 25-6 1st Quarter that set the tone, and despite King’s battling hard in the 2nd & 3rd, GPRC were just too much on the way to the 32 point win. Third year Guard Jill Cole was named Player of the Game hitting three 3s on her way to a career high 13 points and 4 assists. Three other Wolves hit double figures, and second year Forward Jesse Gibson had 7 of the Wolves 18 assists in a real team effort.
Saturday was more of the same for the Wolves Women, as they won every Quarter on route to the 29 point victory. Sharing the ball was once again the theme, with 22 assists on 28 made baskets for the energetic Wolves squad. Player of the Game went out to third year Guard Megan Belcourt, who had a very impressive and well rounded game of 16 points, 2 steals, 2 assists & 4 rebounds, while hitting all her free throws. Once again, three other Wolves were in double figures, and first year Guard & local Charles Spencer grad, Kayla Raiwet led all GPRC bench scorers with 7, including a made three.
The Wolves resume play November 20/21 with an away series at last year’s first place team, the Lakeland Rustlers, in Lloydminster. A great way to head into the their bye weekend, proving their offensive acumen, but the GPRC Wolves Women will continue to push hard as they prepare for two more weekends of action in the first semester of ACAC North play.
Wolves Split Against the Eagles
November 10, 2015
In a tale of two games, the Wolves Mens Basketball hosted The Kings University Eagles, this past weekend. . Friday night the Wolves started out 32 -7 in the first quarter, never letting the lead get under 18 and winning by 19 baskets. Jamison Plett led all scorers with 15 points. On Saturday, Kings came out with a ton of energy and led by 7 at half time. Kings increased the lead to 16 but the Wolves fought back and forced overtime where the Kings ended up outscoring the Wolves 11-8 to earn a well-deserved split on the weekend.
Coach Slifka, happy with the result commented, “when we play together, we can compete with any team in the country. When we focus on things outside of our control it detracts from playing our best. Kings did a fantastic job bringing energy, passion, and grit to the second game, and definitely got the well-deserved win. “
Men's Basketball face Concordia November 20 at 8:00pm and November 21 at 3:00pm.
Wolves Drop 2 to the Eagles
November 10, 2015
The trip to Edmonton proved to be a difficult and frustrating one for the GPRC Wolves Men's Volleyball team as they were unable to leave the city with a victory.
The Kings University College Eagles have a veteran squad with a starting lineup littered with 4th and 5th year athletes and they currently sit atop the ACAC North division. Both Friday and Saturday's matches saw a high level of volleyball with stretches of very intense play, the Wolves were unable to finish of a number of sets and finished both matches with 3-0 losses. There were strong performances throughout the Wolves roster, Friday's player of the game was Sam Halliday and Saturday's was Lucas Robertson.
Next week the Wolves are on their BYE week and will take time to reset and reap the benefits of the mental and physical break. 2 close 5th set losses where the Wolves had opportunities to finish off sets for a victory have left the record to sit below .500 at the moment. The Wolves will look to prepare for a strong outing at home in the GPRC gymnasium as they host the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder November 20th and 21st.
2 Narrow Losses on the Road for the Wolves
November 4, 2015
Wolves Men’s basketball travelled to NAIT this weekend and lost two close games to the Ooks. Despite the narrow 80 to 87 loss, Robert Myles who led the Wolves in scoring with 18, showed a strong performance.
On Saturday, Michael Clemons led all scorers with 28 points and the Wolves fell to NAIT with a final score of 80 to 86.
Coach Slifka reflected on the game saying “ This was a tough weekend for us because we had the opportunity to win both games. In two games decided by 13 points, the margin of error is so small. A lot of credit goes to NAIT for the adjustments they made in the second half of both games. We need to learn from the NAIT games and then immediately focus our attention on Kings this weekend.”
The Wolves face Kings Eagles on home turf this weekend, Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 3pm. Come out, show your Wolves pride and cheer our men on.
Wolves Women’s Soccer Wins ACAC Bronze
November 3, 2015
The GPRC Women’s Soccer squad has continued to set lofty standards and expectations of their program picking up a 3rd straight bronze medal at this past weekend’s ACAC Conference Championships.
The women opened up the competition with a convincing 3-0 win over the Lethbridge Kodiaks (#2 seed from the South). Strong performances in this match were highlighted by Regan Clarke in goal, and goals provided by Chelsea Fitzgerald (2) and Kirsten Marshall. Brittani Glover was also an offensive force disrupting the opposition with her physicality, speed and determination. Player of the game honours went to Marshall.
Next up was the daunting task to face the Nait Ooks, who came into the completion as the overall top seed and ranked #2 in the entire country. The winner of this match up would receive a birth to the championship final and in turn an automatic birth to CCAA Nationals. The 2 most recent matchups between these 2 teams had ended convincingly in Nait’s favour with wins of 7-1 and 6-0 during the regular season. But the Wolves have changed considerable since in that short time span and were definitely prepared to put up a more stern obstacle this time around. The Ooks were able to get a late first half break through via reigning CCAA Player of the Year Kayla Michaels but the Wolves were determined to fight back and not give up. Carrying a sustainable period of momentum and encouraged on by a raucous home crowd, the Wolves dug deep to find a few quality chances but were thrusted away by Ooks keep Kailey Harder’s quality performance. The 1-0 score would hold up until the final whistle, an incredible performance as a whole by GPRC and a far cry from the previous outcomes when the 2 teams met. Strong performances for this match were plentiful and highlighted by Danica Kettles with her desire to blanket Michaels from having as much an impact as usual on any match, and Regan Clarke, who again put forth an incredible performance in goal to only allow 1 goal against a vaunted Ooks attack and was named Player of the Game.
GPRC then met the RDC Queens in a match up for bronze. The Queens came into Conference Championships undefeated as the #1 seed from the South and had met the Wolves in the opening round of the playoffs the previous year. A hard fought, tightly contested battle carried on with GPRC starting to show effects of a 3rd game in as many days. A 2nd yellow card shown to 3rd year CB Shelby Gitzel meant the offs would be stacked even further against the Wolves meaning they would continue the match playing with only 10 men for the final 30 minutes plus. As adversity seems to always do with this tremendous group of women, the Wolves stepped up and scored a late goal off a set piece header finished by Kettles. RDC was able to tie it late through a penalty kick and the game would go directly to pk’s to decide which of these teams would leave with a medal for their efforts. GPRC shooters Brook Robert, Chelsea Fitzgerald, Taylor Watson, Regan Clarke and Kirsten Marshall all finished their spot kicks with pin point accuracy and Clarke came through with a clutch save when needed in spite of limited visibility out of her rapidly closing left eye after receiving an inadvertent kick to the face in the previous day’s match. Kettles was named Player of the Game for this day’s match for her massive goal late on and overall gritty play.
Despite being so heartbreakingly close to attaining a birth at Nationals, the season can only still be viewed as a success for the Wolves as they once again served notice to the rest of the conference that GPRC truly has emerged as a perennial power in women’s soccer.
Wolves dominate the Ooks
November 2, 2015
There was a strong outing for the Wolves this Friday as they pulled out a straight sets victory against a strong NAIT Ooks team. Sam Halliday carried the offensive load with 13 kills while the team as a whole had strong execution in serving and blocking which put consistent pressure on the Ooks attackers.
Saturday was an exciting contest that had each team battle with many swings of momentum and aggressive back and forth attacks from each side. The wolves once again started strong with a powerful 1st set victory, they started the second set in a similar fashion before the Ooks caught their second wind and brought aggressive attacks to win set 2 and 3. GPRC was able to regain momentum in the 4th set with a consistent effort on reception and big service runs from Tristan Simmonds and the rest of the squad. The 5th set proved to follow a similar theme with the Wolves and Ooks trading leads throughout the set. With an opportunity to side out for a victory at 14-13 the Ooks were able to flip momentum and gain service control. After trading huge defensive plays the Ooks were able to cap off a come back and win 18-16.
Overall it was another strong competitive outing from the Wolves Men's Volleyball team as they continue to build and improve through the season. Next weekend the Wolves travel to Edmonton to take on the Kings Eagles!
Wolves drops two on the road
November 2, 2015
The GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team traveled to Edmonton to face the NAIT Ooks on Halloween weekend & came up short in two games against a strong, talented & experienced Ooks team.
Friday night saw the Wolves Women fall 70-57, with a strong NAIT third quarter being the difference. Down six heading into half, the Wolves struggled in the third & despite rallying some in the fourth quarter, came up short. Third year Guard Jackie Elgert was named Player of the Game, scoring 18 points & shooting 7-15 from the field, with a couple made threes.
Saturday afternoon was a struggle for GPRC, falling 83-48. Elgert and Guard Megan Belcourt led the Wolves with 9 a piece, but it was second year Forward Jesse Gibson who was named Player of the Game, scoring 8 & grabbing 8 rebounds. A tough loss for the Wolves, but it will be used as a learning experience going forward.
Next weekend sees the GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team host the King’s University Eagles, from Edmonton, who will be a tough test, as the Wolves look to get back to their winning ways!
Wigmore Gets it Done - Wins ACAC Championship
November 2, 2015
Coming off back-to-back silver medals in the past two provincial championships, Wolves runner Jamie Wigmore finally captured the big prize Saturday with an emphatic victory in the 2015 ACAC Cross Country Running Championship in Lethbridge.
Wigmore took the lead at the 400m mark of the flat and fast 5 km course, gradually built up a 150m gap, and then cruised to victory in a time of 18:40, 33 seconds better than 2012 ACAC champion Mariya Jenkins of Concordia University. Lethbridge College’s Emily Lucas placed third.
With her victory, Wigmore becomes only the third GPRC women runner to win an ACAC individual championship. Tara Lee Stillwell took the top spot in 1999, and Mirelle Martens took gold last year.
In a very close team competition, the Wolves women placed fourth with a team score of 50, a mere 3 points shy of the bronze medal and only 18 points out of the top spot. Lethbridge College, Concordia University, and Red Deer College placed 1-2-3 respectively.
The other Wolves women finishers included Maria Houle (8th), Christie Shepherd (20th), Kirsten Manz (24th), Ashley Camsell (25th), Emily Whalen (46th), and Tamica Campbell (51st).
Brandon Wladyko led the GPRC men with a 7th place finish. Joel Demarcke finished 15th, Josh Malmsten recorded a 22nd place mark, and Kyle Murray was 37th. Collectively, the Wolves men were the 5th place team behind the winning Lethbridge College.
Later on Saturday afternoon, the ACAC gave out its cross country season’s awards. Wigmore was named ACAC Grand Prix Champion and ACAC Female Runner of the Year. Brandon Wladyko and she were also named to the 2015 ACAC All Conference Cross Country Running team.
Next up for the cross country Wolves is the 2015 CCAA National Cross Country Running Championships in Brockville, ON on November 14.
Wolves Split Home Opener
October 27, 2015
The GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team hosted the Keyano Huskies, from Fort McMurray, this past weekend in their first home games of the year. A tough test against a talented playoff team from last year, the Lady Wolves were able to come out with one win & one loss for the weekend.
On Friday night, with a big crowd to support them from opening tip off, GPRC jumped out to a 29-16 halftime lead. Lead by third year Guard Megan Belcourt, who scored 13 points & was named Player of the Game, the Wolves advantage grew to as much as 26 in the 3rd Quarter, with the final score finishing 56-44. Guard Chelsea Deblois, second year player & local Grande Prairie athlete, was a key contributor off the bench with 8 points & 2 made three point baskets.
Saturday afternoon once again saw the home team grab an early lead, up 12-9 after the 1st Quarter. The difference in the game was Keyano’s 22-8 2nd Quarter, which despite the Wolves winning the other three Quarters, they were not able to overcome - losing 57-54. The GPRC Women did have a few chances late to tie the game or take the lead, but came up just short. Despite the setback, & first loss of the year, it will be a key learning experience for the Wolves going forward. Third year Guard Jackie Elgert was named Player of the Game, scoring 9, & Belcourt once again had a strong offensive performance leading the Wolves with 14 points, including a couple made threes. Fourth year Forward Linnaea VanderZwan was once again a solid contributor for GPRC scoring 7 points, grabbing 4 rebounds & blocking a shot in the game.
The GPRC Wolves Women currently sit at 3 wins & 1 loss, grabbing an early second place spot in the ACAC North Division, and will travel to Edmonton for a Halloween weekend showdown with the 2-0 NAIT Ooks.
Wolves Women Open with Two Wins on the Road!
The GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team started the season with a rare Saturday night, Sunday afternoon road trip at Concordia and were able to come away with two gutty wins to start the year.
Saturday saw the Wolves battle back from being down 10 early in the 4th Quarter to come out on top, with a Jackie Elgert steal & lay-up with under a minute to go being the difference. Elgert was the Wolves leading scorer with 14 points, Guard Megan Belcourt pitched in with 13, & Kelly-Ann Sawatzky was named Player of the Game, scoring 9 & grabbing 11 rebounds – including a key late one on a Wolves missed Free Throw to seal it. Concordia was led by Ann Stewart & Lindsay Piper with 12 points apiece as the final score ended up 62-58 for GPRC.
Sunday afternoon, the lady Wolves controlled the game from the start, with consistency being a theme they wanted to bring after having an up & down Saturday night. GPRC jumped out to a 32-24 Halftime lead and didn’t look back as Wolves went on to victory 60-50. Once again, Elgert was the leading scorer & Player of the Game with 18 points – hitting 9 of 11 Free Throws, Sawatzky had another well rounded game with 11 points & 8 rebounds, and Riki Steward, Jesse Gibson & Linnaea VanderZwan all provided the Wolves interior with defensive energy on their way to 6 rebounds each.
It was an exciting start for the 2015-16 Wolves, who fed off a crowd littered with Alumni, family & friends who made a pair of opening road games feel like home! GPRC is hoping to continue the positive start & winning ways as they host the Keyano Huskies in their home openers & Cancer Awareness event this weekend, Oct 23/24, at the GPRC Gymnasium.
Mens Basketball Split against the Thunder
Men’s Basketball traveled to Edmonton this past weekend. Facing the determined Concordia Thunder, the Wolves lost the first game on Saturday 82 - 67 with Nate Boulding named GPRC’s Player of the Game with 10 Points and over 10 Rebounds.
On Sunday the Wolves bounced back and won 88 – 85. After being down 10 points going into the 4th quarter, the team out maneuvered the Thunder with a few key plays and came back to pull it out. Kenny Johnson led GPRC with 26 points. Michael Clemons led all rebounders with 7.
Coach Slifka, happy with the Wolves performance commented that he “we competed hard in both games. On Saturday, Concordia did a great job controlling the rebounds and making us play at their pace. Going into Sunday, we knew we had to play more with more tempo and pressure. Our guys hit big shots and we were able to bounce back with a nice win versus one of the best teams in Western Canada.”
Your GPRC Wolves Basketball face the Keyano Huskies on home turf at this weekend’s Shoot Down Breast Cancer Home Opener, with the women playing at 6:00pm and the men at 8:00pm Friday.
Wigmore Continues to Roll; Wolves Men 3rd at ACAC #5
GPRC Wolves runner Jamie Wigmorewon her third ACAC race in a row on Saturday at ACAC #5 – the Augustana Open in Camrose.
Wigmore covered the hilly 5 km course in 19:22, 30 seconds ahead of the second college runner Mariya Jenkins of Concordia University.
In the team standings, the # 7 CCAA ranked Wolves women struggled, finishing 5th. Maria Houle cramped badly and could only manage 33rd place, well below her usual ranking. The other GPRC women finishers included Kirsten Manz (20th), Ashley Camsell (21st), and Tamica Campbell (37th).
The top two CCAA teams in the nation,Lethbridge College and Concordia University placed first and second respectively.
The Wolves men fared a bit better, placing third in the college men’s standings. As he’s done all season, Brandon Wladyko led the GPRC runners placing fifth among the ACAC men. Joel Demarcke (12th), Josh Malmsten (23rd), and Kyle Murray(29th) were the other Wolves finishers.
Wolves Athletics Club runner Hayden Hollowell finished 15th in the open category.
Lethbridge College and Concordia University also went 1-2 in the men’s team standings.
Strong performance from Women's Soccer
On Saturday the GPRC Wolves started the weekend with a solid team effort against the Kings College Eagles. The Wolves women competed from start to finish and opened the weekend with a 3-1 win. Liette Moffat earned player of the game with her first goal of the season.
Sunday the women faced the Concordia Thunder, with a tighter match ending in a 1-1 tie. The girls fought throughout the whole game, and really showed that they were the stronger team throughout the second half. A breakaway goal from Brittani Glover tied the game in the middle of the second half and shortly after goalie Regan Clarke made a key save to keep them in the game. Player of the game on Sunday was Chelsea Fitzgerald, who really performed throughout the weekend, and showed that she is ready to make an impact in the ACAC playoffs coming at the end of the month.
Overall the Wolves Women finished the regular season on a very positive note, and came together as a full unit ready to move forward into the end of their season.
Season still looks promising for Men's Volleyball despite tough losses
The GPRC Wolves Men's Volleyball team opened their season with 2 losses in competitive matches that were as close as could be.
The Lakeland Rustlers has an interesting dynamic as it is built around Sam Tuivai, a left side player who transfered from Brandon University. Although GPRC was able to match up well against him, they were unable to score in the final moments of the final points of each match losing 23-25 in the 4th on Saturday and 13-15 in a very close match on Saturday.
Both Friday and Saturdays matches saw the Wolves come out strong with 1st set victories that had consistent pressure from all areas of the court. Game play was exciting as the teams went back and forth in strategic matches that had each team playing to their offensive strength.
The Wolves were very well rounded throughout the weekend with everyone who made it into match play making big individual team plays. The team has a lot of confidence in all of its athletes being able to contribute and the consistency throughout the roster will be a strength for them going forward.
Ultimately the Wolves played with consistency and strength but were unable to capitalize late in both matches on plays that will be improved upon in the future. Although the joy of victory was not had in opening weekend, the season looks to be very competitive and promising for men's volleyball.
Athletic Players of the Week
|Team: Men's Soccer
||Team: Men's Soccer
|Program: Open Studies
||Program: Business Adiminstration
|High School: St. Joseph Catholic High School
||High School: Jasper Place High School
|Home Town: Winniped, MB
||Home Town: Edmonton AB
A local product of the Wolves soccer program, Sean is entering his second year on the GPRC Men's team. A versatile and skilled player, Sean has found success at many different positions on the pitch and in many different game situations. While only a second-year player, Sean has risen to become one of the central leaders of this Wolves team as a vocal voice on and off the pitch.
After a year away from the program, Scott has returned to the college and made an impact on the team on and off the field. Scott is dedicated to his teammates and his hard work has turned him into a player that can be regularly counted on. A midfielder with the team, Scott possesses a booming shot and gritty skill that makes him a force to be reckoned with.
Wolves Win One, Draw One
The GPRC Wolves Women’s Soccer squad hosted the Keyano Huskies this past weekend in a pair of games at Pomeroy Field. The Wolves were without their top 2 midfielders Kennedy Hall and Jess Winterford for the weekend, so the coaching staff knew they would be in tough competition regardless of any opponent they would face, based on sheer numbers alone.
On Saturday, the Wolves put forth arguably their best overall performance of the year with several players having stand out performances in leading to total domination of possession and a comfortable 2-0 victory. Goals on the day came from Brittani Glover and Danika Kettles with Regan Clarke picking up the shut out in net. Glover was named Player of the Game for her performance.
In the rematch Sunday, both teams had a new opponent to battle as Mother Nature contributed to the obstacles providing multiple extended periods of snow through-out the match. The Wolves were unable to find the back of the net as freely as the previous day missing multiple quality chances including 2 wide open nets, a few partial breakaways and hitting the post clean from the 18 yard range. This led to a final score of 0-0.
GPRC Women’s Soccer now stands at 4 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie after 6 games, good enough for 2nd place currently in the ACAC North but with one of the teams chasing them, Concordia, having 2 games in hand. The Wolves will have a week to prepare before their toughest rival come to town when they host the CCAA #2 ranked NAIT Ooks on Oct 3rd weekend.
Wolves host Vikings and score a double win
The GPRC Wolves Women’s Soccer squad hosted the University of Alberta - Augustana Vikings this past weekend, looking to get back on the winning track. Saturday proved to be a battle, not just between the two teams but with mother nature herself as wind played a huge factor in momentum of play. The visiting Vikings played within the elements best to start establishing steady pressure for the first 30 minutes before the Wolves made some adjustments and established their own possession.
After the score was tied 0-0 at half time, the Wolves came back out with continued pressure throughout the 2nd half, finally gaining a break through goal from 3rd year winger Brittani Glover. The Wolves had several other quality chances but just couldn’t make them count on the score board, leading to a 1-0 final in favour of GPRC. Player of the game went to 2nd year midfielder, Kennedy Hall for her outstanding level of play during the match including several timely tackles and quality distribution.
Sunday’s rematch offered much better weather at kick off as both teams came out looking to link up play a little more than the previous day. Once again, the Wolves were able to get on the board first with 3rd year defender Shelby Gitzel finishing off a quality service from a corner, delivered by Chelsea Fitzgerald. With the score remaining 1-0 at half time, the Wolves came out looking for more in the 2nd half. Attacking midfielder and 2nd year Ali Croisetiere caught the Vikings keeper off guard with a fortunate bounce upping the score to 2-0.
The Vikings pressed on for a breakthrough of their own and were rewarded with a goal in the 70th minute off a very nice finish from first year midfielder Jenya Rust from about 22 yards out. The Wolves had several in close chances to follow via Fitzgerald, Glover, Croisetiere and Danika Kettles but were all sent away by Vikings keeper Ashley Chaput, keeping the final score at 2-1. Sunday's player of the game was 3rd year defender Shelby Gitzel for her great opening goal and fantastic play through out. Despite the Wolves sweeping the weekend series, hats off to a Vikings squad for their much improved play from their previous season. The Wolves, currently ranked #14 nationally by the CCAA, now stand at 3 wins and 1 loss and look to continue to build momentum at home September 26/27 weekend when they host the Keyano Huskies.
Athletic Players of the Week
|Team: Women's Soccer
||Team: Women's Soccer
|Program: Bachelor of Arts
||Program: Open Studies
|High School: St. Joseph Catholic High School
||High School: Spruce Grove Composite High
|Home Town: Grande Prairie, AB
||Home Town: Spruce Grove, AB
Jess Winterford is a local athlete who has played soccer in Grande Prairie throughout her youth before coming to GPRC. This will be her second year playing for the Wolves and and is working hard for a very successful season. Jess has become one of the vital leaders for the GPRC Women's Soccer Program and looks forward to playing a positive role in the team's pursuit of attaining a birth at CCAA Nationals this season.
Ali joins the GPRC Women’s Soccer Program from Spruce Grove, having played with various clubs in the Edmonton area. Ali's father Martin, a very highly regarded soccer official, often helped coach her as a youth. As a result, she is a talented attacking player, who is extremely dangerous with the ball at her feet in and around the opponents’ box. Ali's hobbies on the side often vary but are not limited to cooking for friends and collecting coins.
Two big games, two big wins.
On Saturday, the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves Men's Soccer team defeated the Augustana Vikings 1-0 and then followed that up with a 2-1 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.
The second game was a real nail-biter, with Wolves Player-of-the-Game Bernardo Rojas scoring a screamer of a shot in the final minutes to secure the win. "It was an unbelieveable performance from the men this weekend," said Wolves head coach Ivan Danielewicz. "We had some amazing performances on the pitch and I'm thrilled our guys were able to be successful for their hard-work. It was definitely a team effort that earned us the full six points this weekend."
Wolves captain Jesse Noppibul scored the team's other two goals over the weekend. Wolves goalkeeper Jared Jones earned the clean sheet on Saturday and had a strong game on Sunday, stopping a breakaway in the final third of the game to keep his team in it when the score was still tied.
There's no rest for the Wolves this week as they get set to host the Keyano College Huskies this weekend in Grande Prairie.
Wolves Women Continue their Winning Ways at ACAC #2
The GPRC Wolves Women’s XC Running Team opened their 2015 season the same way they ended their 2014 season: with another victory. Fielding a full team for the first time this fall, the Wolves defeated Concordia University Edmonton and U of Alberta – Augustana in ACAC Race 2 – The Steve Burgess Memorial at the Wapiti Nordic Trails on Saturday.
The local squad was led by 4th year runner Jamie Wigmore who placed first amongst the college women (and second overall). Wigmore recorded a time of 20:40 for the extremely hilly 5 km loop. Teammate Maria Houle placed third. Other Wolves’ finishers included Christie Shepherd (6th), Ashley Camsell (8th), Kirstin Manz(11th), Ciera Verduzco (22nd), Tamica Campbell (23rd), and Emily Whalen (25th).
The overall winner of the women’s 5 km race was the Running Room’s Jen Norminton (20:30).
Brandon Wladyko was the top GPRC male placing second in the men’s 8 km in a time of 30:20. Joel Demarcke (8th), Josh Malmesten (10th), and Kyle Murray (15th) were the other Wolves’ finishers.
Concordia’s Kirk Sundt was the top 8 km runner (28:11). The Concordia men won the team title ahead of second place University of Alberta – Augustana. The Wolves placed third.
152 athletes of all ages and abilities took part in this year’s Steve Burgess Race. Full results are posted on the Wolves XC Running Series website.
Race #3 in this year’s Wolves XC Running Series, the Bezanson Bog, goes next Saturday. The GPRC Wolves varsity team next sees ACAC action on October 3 when they travel to Calgary to participate in ACAC #4 – The SAIT Open.
Athletic Players of the Week
|Team: Cross Country Running
||Team: Cross Country Running
|Program: Bachelor of Commerce
||Program: Business Administration
|High School: Grande Prairie Composite High
||High School: Grande Prairie Composite High
|Home Town: Vancouver, BC
||Home Town: Grande Prairie, AB
Jamie, a 5th year Business student who graduated from the Grande Prairie Composite High School in 2011, is GPRC’s most decorated XC runner in history. Among her many accomplishments, she is three-time ACAC All Conference, two-time CCAA All Canadian, and has a CCAA team gold as part of the 2014 record-setting Wolves women’s team.
"Wiggie" is hoping to make her final XC season with the Wolves a memorable one as she and her teammates seek podium finishes at both the ACAC and CCAA levels.
Josh is in his second season with Wolves XC. A 2014 graduate from the Grande Prairie Composite High School, he enters the 2015 season in the best running shape of his life.
Josh hopes to parlay all of the hard training he did this summer into a top 15 or 20 placing at the ACAC XC Championships at the end of October.
A shaky start for Soccer Wolves
It was a rough finish for the GPRC Wolves last weekend.
After a well-deserved 3-0 victory over the King's College Eagles on Saturday, the Women's team let one slip to the Concordia Thunder in a 4-1 loss on Sunday.
The Women looked comfortable on Saturday, easily controlling a King's side that didn't really produce many offensive opportunities. On Sunday, the Women weren't able to find that same gear and slipped to the Thunder squad that capitalized on their opportunities.
"We had control for large portions of both games," said assistant coach Aaron Ruptash. "We just didn't have that same success on Sunday on our opportunities in front of the net."
For the Men's team, it was a weekend with a shaky start and some bad luck. The Men endured two 4-0 losses over the weekend; to the Eagles on Saturday and the Thunder on Sunday. While the results were the same, the effort was very different in the eyes of head coach Ivan Danielewicz.
On the Men's side, players of the game for Saturday and Sunday respectively were David Rojas and Jesse Noppibul, and on the Women's, Chelsea Fitzgerald and Jess Winterford.
Good Start for Cross Country Wolves
A limited squad of GPRC Wolves Cross Countryrunners contested ACAC #1 – The Concordia Open in Ardrossan on Saturday and posted some impressive early season results.
Veteran Jamie Wigmore, last year’s ACAC silver medalists, placed second among the college runners, recording a time of 19:59 for the 5 km women’s distance. Teammate Kirsten Manz placed 19th.
Lethbridge College rookie Emily Lucas won the race in a time of 19:21. Lethbridge also took the team title.
In the men’s 8 km race, second year Wolves runner Brandon Wladyko had his best-ever ACAC finish, placing 5th in a time of 30:11, three minutes behind winner Edwin Kaitany from Lethbridge. Wolves runners Joel Demarcke (11th – 32:04) and Josh Malmsten (13th – 34:40) also took part.
Edmonton’s Concordia University won the men’s team title. Neither Wolves team fielded the minimum number of four runners to record a team place.
A full Wolves squad of both women’s and men’s runners will contest ACAC #2 – The Steve Burgess Memorial in Grande Prairie next Saturday.
Athletic Players of the Week
|Team: Men's Soccer
||Team: Men's Soccer
|Program: Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
||Program: Bachelor of Phyical Education and Education Combined
|High School: Grande Prairie Composite High
||High School: Grande Prairie Composite High
|Home Town: Grande Prairie, AB
||Home Town: Grande Prairie, AB
After a year away from the Soccer program, Jesse is returning to the pitch as a 5th-year veteran. In addition to his experience at the ACAC level, Jesse brings a strong leadership voice to the team. He regularly sets the tone with his high work ethic and determination to succeed, traits he holds both on and off the field. Jesse has scored six goals at the ACAC level and after scoring two more this preseason, he looks set for a strong season.
Entering his second season as a member of the Wolves soccer team, David has shown himself to be a dominant player at the ACAC level. An excellent passer with great vision, David will once again be counted on as the team's play-maker in midfield. In addition to his skills on the ball, David has also stepped up as a leader during the games and on the practice pitch.
Women's Basketball signs International student
GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball is pleased to announce the signing of Charlotte Thomas-Rowe, international student athlete coming to the program from London, England.
A dynamic 5’7” guard, who last played in Denmark for the Lemvig Basket in the Dameligaen Pro Basketball League, as well as the Division 2 league, will be a strong addition to the Wolves backcourt.
Thomas-Rowe, who formerly represented her Regional team in London, found immediate success last year, her first in Denmark playing for Lemvig, as the team finished first during the Regular season. Known for her athleticism, defense, intelligence and mid-range game, the late summer addition will be looked at as an impact player from day one for the Wolves.
Charlotte will be a key piece both on & off the court for the 2015/16 GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team and the coaching staff is eager for her arrival to begin working with the team!
Welcome to the Wolf Pack!
GPRC Wolves Elite Camp, a great success
This last weekend saw athletes from all over the Peace Region, including Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, Fairview, Jasper, High Prairie, La Crete, Fort St John, Dawson Creek and Yellowknife, NT attend the annual GPRC Wolves Elite Basketball Camp.
Guest coaches Steve Sir and Lee Danderfer, along with Wolves Head Coaches Graeme Ryder and Thomas Slifka, brought a wealth of basketball skill and knowledge to the Camp, giving the athletes a chance to learn from some very talented coaches and players.
Sir, who played professionally for 8 years, holds two NCAA 3 point records and also played for San Diego State, Northern Arizona and the Edmonton Energy talked about training with detail and overemphasizing things. “If we take shortcuts in practice we will never be able to repeat those skills in a game”. Sir also talked about finding what is going to make someone special, adding that “not all of us have great athleticism or size, so, we have to find a different way to be successful”.
New GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball Coach, Thomas Slifka remarked that "having Steve at our Elite Camp was such a fantastic experience. Steve’s knowledge of the game is broad and every person in our gym this weekend now understands basketball on a deeper level, including the parents and coaches."
Danderfer, a Grande Prairie native who played for the ACAC’s Augustana Vikings and CIS’s MacEwan Griffins was coached by Slifka who stated that he “had the pleasure of coaching Lee at MacEwan and there aren't many people who have spent more time in a gym than Lee. He is a true success story who has exceeded expectations everywhere he goes” going on to say that “he is great role model to young basketball players”.
Danderfer talked to the young athletes about working hard and not listening to people who try to discourage you. "Everyone told me I wasn't fast enough, big enough, I wasn't from a big town and I wasn't recruited. I'm here to tell you that it doesn't matter. I'm a 5 foot 10 inch kid from Grande Prairie, Alberta” said Danderfer, echoing Coach Slifka’s comments about hard work and determination.
Along with basketball skill sessions the camp featured guest appearances by Matthew Bain (MMB Counselling & Consulting, Alberta Sport Development Centre NW, & GPRC) and Richard Sylvester (Alberta Sport Development Centre NW).
Bain, a Mental Performance Consultant (MPC) - Canadian Sport Psychology Association, did an hour classroom session with the athletes introducing some mental skills that can be applied to high level sport performance. Working with high level athletes ranging from GPRC Wolves teams to Provincial & National level athletes, Bain was able to introduce the athletes to the mental side of the game which becomes more important as the level of sport performance increases.
Sylvester, Master of Sciences – Kinesiology & Head Trainer for ASDC NW, used his hour session to take the campers through some on court training exercises he uses to train College, University & National level athletes. The athletes got a sweat on as they went through a warm up & then concentrated on exercises designed to improve their sprinting efficiency.
New GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball Coach Graeme Ryder, commented that “with this being the only Elite Camp offered in the Peace region, GPRC Wolves Basketball programs felt it was important to include Mental Skills and Strength and Conditioning sessions to show the next wave of Wolves athletes the other aspects of high performing sport expected off the court.”
Wolves Runners Dominate Summer’s End Road Race
Wolves Athletics Club athletes executed a pair of podium sweeps at the 2015 Summer’s End Road Races in Fairview on Saturday.
In the men’s 10 km event, Hayden Hollowellbested all runners, recording a time of 35:44, over 3 minutes ahead of second placer Eric Nooy. Josh Malmsten was third.
Jamie Wigmore topped the women’s field in the 5.5 km, stopping the clock in 21:45. High school runners Kailey Bratland and Brittany Duvall placed second and third respectively.
Other winners included Grade 9 student Jordan Lundstrom (men’s 5.5 km) and Grande Prairie’s Marlene Corcoran (women’s 10 km).
The Summer’s End Road Races was Event #1 in the 2015 Wolves Cross Country Series. Event #2, the Steve Burgess Memorial, takes place on September 19 at the Wapiti Nordic Ski Trails in Grande Prairie.
Wolves Connections To Westerns Team Alberta
August 20, 2015
Team Alberta U16 Girls recently competed at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games in Wood Buffalo this summer and the team's coaching staff had a distinctive GPRC vibe.
Newly named GPRC Women's Basketball Head Coach, Graeme Ryder was an assistant coach for the Alberta U16 team for the second straight summer. He teamed with Wolves former coach, Dave Waknuk, who headed up the Alberta team. They were joined by GPRC Alumni and two time GPRC Female Athlete of the Year, Andria Carlyon, who assisted for the first time with Basketball Alberta.
The team was complied of the top athletes from throughout the province, selected in April. The team trained together in Edmonton and Calgary and competed in various tournaments, including in Seattle and Langley, BC. Team Alberta finished ought at the Western Games, losing to BC in the bronze medal game by eight points.
It was a great experience for the Wolves alumni to work together again, as a coaching staff. Carlyon will return to her assistant coach position at Augustana, while Waknuk begins his new path as Assistant Coach at the University of Lethbridge. Graeme Ryder begins his new chapter with the Wolves in early September, when the team's training camp kicks off.
Preseason Scrimmages take Wolves Women to BC
The GPRC Women’s Soccer Program travelled to BC for their preseason last week. The journey started out on a Wednesday morning as the girls made their way down for some fun and team bonding at the Cultus Lake Outdoor Water Park.
After a solid night’s rest, the girls started the soccer potion of their trip with an opening training session in Chilliwack before heading to the Horseshoe Bay area for a wonderful lunch and viewing experience. That evening, the girls played a controlled scrimmage vs Douglas College to get their feet wet in a bit of match play, ending 1-1.
After taking the morning off for some recuperation, the team headed to Kamloops to get settled for the night before their controlled scrimmage vs Thomson Rivers University. The ladies performed well, holding their own against a top CIS team, which ended in a draw 0 – 0.
“Overall the trip provided great facilities, loads of positive bonding and created an excellent first step for the team to build upon heading into the 2015 season” said Coach Spaidal, adding that “the girls are heading the right direction to medal at this year’s ACAC Conference Championships”
The ACAC Women’s Soccer Championships are being held at the Pomeroy Field, on the GPRC Campus, October 30 through November 1, 2015.
Slifka takes Team Alberta to Canada Summer Games
GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball Coach, Thomas Slifka had a great summer coaching the Alberta U16 Basketball Team, including local talent Cameron Macdonald. After tryouts were held in April, the team was selected to travel to Fort McMurray and participate in the Western Canada Summer Games.
With exhibition matches against Team Saskatchewan and Team British Columbia in Langley, BC and a tournament in Seattle, WA, the boys put in well over 60 hours of practice this summer, which stood them in good stead for the Summer Games.
After dominating Team Yukon and Northwest Territories, the boys earned a spot in the bronze medal game which saw Team Alberta battle Team Saskatchewan, and after a tough match, Team AB settled for 4th place with only a seven point difference.
“Competition was stiff, but the boys stepped up and delivered. All their hard work paid off to get to the Bronze medal match” said Coach Slifka who was immensely proud of his team’s achievement in Wood Buffalo, “The team had a lot of fun and improved tremendously over the summer” he concluded.
Congratulations to Coach Slifka and the Team AB boys on a job well done.
Martens Nails It! Silver in Pan Am Jrs 3000m
Wolves Athletics Club
Wolves Athletics Club runner Mirelle Martens parlayed some strong pack running tactics into a silver medal winning performance in the women’s 3000m Friday night at Foote Field in Edmonton at the 2015 Pan American Junior Track and Field Championships.
A lead group of four runners including Martens, Erin Dietz (USA), 2015 Canadian Junior 5000m champion Anne-Marie Comeau (CAN), and 2015 Pan Am Junior Cross Country Running champion Saida Menese (PER) blazed through the opening kilometer in 3:08. Dietz broke away at the halfway mark opening a small gap on the trailing trio and rolled to the victory in a time of 9:37. Martens gradually pulled away from Comeau and Menese over the last 800m to secure second place in a personal best time of 9:41. Menese followed Martens for the bronze, recording a time of 9:43.
Friday’s performance represented redemption for Martens. In late May she ran a Pan Am qualifying time of 9:42 in a race in Victoria, yet at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships in early July, she posted a rather modest time of 10:07 and finished 8th. Post race, she remarked, “I really wanted to prove to people that I deserved to be here.”
Martens silver was Canada’s second medal of the meet. Earlier Friday, Edmonton’s Kendra Clarke wowed the hometown crowd by winning the women’s 400m with a personal best time of 52.55.
After Day 1 of the championships, Team USA leads the medal standings with 7 Gold, 7 Silver, and 5 Bronze.
The Pan Am Jrs wrap up on Sunday. Over 500 athletes from 38 nations, including 63 members of Team Canada, are taking part.
Wolves Try Out Time Announced
Wednesday September 2 – 7:15 - 9:00pm
Friday August 28 – 6:00 - 8:00pm - OPEN GYM
Saturday August 29 – 10:00am - 12:00pm & 3:00 - 5:00pm - OPEN GYM
Sunday August 30 – 9:00 - 11:00am - OPEN GYM
Monday August 31 – 4:00 – 5:30pm
Wednesday September 2 – 4:00 - 5:30pm
Thursday September 3 – 7:15 - 9:00pm
August 24th 6:00pm at Pomeroy Field (On GPRC campus)
August 25th 9:00am - 10:30am and 5:30 - 7:00pm Rotary Field (9797 95 Street)
August 26th 9:00am - 10:30am and 5:30 - 7:00pm Rotary Field (9797 95 Street)
August 27th 9:00am - 10:30am and 5:30 - 7:00pm Rotary Field (9797 95 Street)
August 24 - 7:30pm at the College field
August 25 - 7:30am and 7:00pm at the Rotary field
August 26 - 7:30am and 7:00pm at the Rotary field
August 27 - 7:00pm at the Rotary field
August 28 - Day off
August 29 + 30 - Preseason trip to Camrose (two games)
August 31 - Active Running Recovery at College
Monday August 31 – 5:30 - 7:15pm
Cross Country Running and Indoor Track
Tuesday September 8 - 5:30 outside the Gymnasium
Thursday September 10 - 5:30 outside the Gymnasium
Junior Wolves turn it around at Gonzaga
The GPRC Wolves U16 Boys Basketball Team coached by Josh Nicol attended the Gonzaga University Boys’ Basketball Camp and Tournament July 16 – 19. The event is structured to provide training to the teams from the Gonzaga University Basketball Coaching staff and the opportunity to play a number of games versus a variety of teams. Last year the team attended the event and concluded with a 1 win 8 loss record. The boys made a determination then that they would train hard and return to Gonzaga to show the teams that they were better than their record.
This year the team posted an 8 win and 1 loss record. The one loss was in the semi-finals and left them in the 3rd/4th position in an 18 team grouping. The games were very physical but the boys played through each game digging deep to pull out victories. We saw some incredible performances by all the players as each one stepped up to help their team. During the course of the previous year, they worked at their game and it proved worthwhile. The improvement in each player was extremely evident in their performance. The players turned a lot of heads this year and people are aware of the GPRC Wolves.
The boys also represented our College and community in solid fashion. Their respect, politeness and courtesy was evident in all things they did. From thanking the instructors after each training session to congratulating the opposition on great plays, they were exceptional ambassadors. They also displayed what a “team” is all about. During each game, they cheered on their team mates regardless of any score. They were talking to the on court players giving them tips and instructions. It was the best “team” performance I witnessed in all the games we watched. These are amazing young men.
Thanks to Josh and Assistant Coach, Tyler Przybylski for coaching the team, to the parents for supporting the boys continuously and for the boys for making us very proud to be Wolves.
Martens named to Team Canada
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
Swan City running star Mirelle Martens continues to light up the track and field scene. Last week, the 19-year-old was one of 63 athletes named to Team Canada for the 2015 Panamerican Junior Athletics Championships in Edmonton, July 31- Aug. 2.
Martens recently won a national bronze medal in the junior women’s 5,000 metre at the 2015 Athletics Canada National Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, July 2-7. She also raced in the junior women 3,000 metre and placed eighth with a time of 10:07.86.
Although her 3,000 metre finish didn’t meet the Pan Am qualifying time of 9:50, a number of other racers who qualified for the Pan Am track championships were unable to attend.
Because Martens finished with a 9:42:08 in the 3,000 metre at the Victoria Run Series on May 30, it opened a spot for her on the junior national team. Read More
Wolves Alumni, Fiona Benson to represent Canada at IAAF World Championships
Athletics Canada named today a team of 51 athletes to compete at the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, China August 22 to 30.
“The World Championships are the last major measuring stick as we prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games,” said Peter Eriksson, Head Coach and Chief Technical Officer. “Our team objectives are clear; improve on our country ranking and the number of medals, top 8, top 12 and top 16 finishes. Individually we are looking for athletes to place higher than their ranking entering the event.”
The team includes six World outdoor Championship medallists as well as 12 Canadian record holders. Nine athletes and one relay team on the roster is currently ranked top 10 on the IAAF performance list.
Competition takes place in the Birds Nest, site of the 2008 Olympic Games. Read More
New Women's Volleyball Coach Announced
GPRC Wolves Athletics is pleased to announce the appointment of Chantelle LaMotte, to the position of GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball Head Coach starting July 2015.
LaMotte brings to the GPRC Wolves program a wealth of volleyball knowledge with a Master’s degree in Education and Coaching studies and a Bachelor of Kinesiology. LaMotte’s coaching experience includes being the assistant coach for the University of Alberta Pandas, an Assistant Coach for the Canadian National Team and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
Alongside LaMotte’s coaching experience, her involvement in community programming has been extensive. Having coached with the Volleyball Canada Center of Excellence program in Edmonton, LaMotte was also a returning coach assisting at the Volleyball Canada National Women’s team selection camp process, as well as development camps. Furthermore, her work with a volleyball club in Saskatchewan for several years is an asset to the various Wolves community programs.
Athletic Director, Francois Fournier said of LaMotte “GPRC is fortunate to have Chantelle join our organization. She brings with her a wealth of experience in coaching including her time with provincial and university teams. Coupled with her education background, she is a definite asset to the GPRC Wolves Volleyball program.”
GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball Coach
GPRC Announces New Interim Men’s Soccer Coach
June 17, 2015
For Immediate Release
GPRC Wolves Athletics is pleased to announce the appointment of Wolves alumnus, Ivan Danielewicz, to the position of Wolves Men’s Soccer Head Coach starting July 2015. Danielewicz replaces Chris Spaidal who has taken a leave of absence for the 2015 season. Spaidal will return to the helm January 2016.
Having played with the Wolves for two seasons (2012-2014) Danielewicz is familiar with the Wolves program; furthermore, his position as Assistant coach for the 2014/15 season makes for an easy transition into the Head Coach role.
Coach Chris Spaidal said of Danielewicz “I’m very confident in taking a leave at this time. Ivan has been an integral part of the men’s program over the last few years so I don’t see the standard changing much. I will also be available in a supportive role when needed, however, with the growth of my family; I need to take a slightly reduced role over the next season.”
Alongside Danielewicz’s history with the Wolves College program, his involvement in the community has been extensive. He was the Head Instructor for 2014 Wolves Summer Camps and also coaches with the Wolves Soccer Club. Danielewicz was also the Head coach of the Zone 8 girls’ soccer team that competed at the 2014 Alberta Summer Games.
For more information, please contact:
Athletic Director GPRC
GPRC Wolves Men’s Soccer Coach
GPRC Announces New Women’s Basketball Coach
June 16, 2015
For Immediate Release
GPRC Wolves Athletics is pleased to announce the appointment of Wolves Alumni, Graeme Ryder, to the position of Wolves Women’s Basketball Head Coach starting July 2015. Ryder replaces Dave Waknuk who has accepted a full time Assistant Coach position with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
Ryder is no stranger to the Basketball program as he played for 4 years, from 2005 to 2009, with 3 years as the starting point guard & team captain. Since the 2012/13 season, Ryder has served as the Lead Assistant Coach to Waknuk and previously to that, Scout for the College program.
Alongside Ryder’s history with the Wolves College program, his involvement in the community has been extensive. Along with his involvement with Wolves Basketball Club, Minor Basketball, Summer Camps and Basketball Alberta, Ryder has also coached Team Alberta’s U 16 Girl’s Provincial team. This team won gold at the 2014 Western Canadian Championships.
Coach Dave Waknuk said of Ryder “I am looking forward to watching the next chapter of Wolves Basketball take place, with Head Coach Graeme Ryder. The program is headed in a great direction and I know that it will continue to thrive under Graeme’s leadership and vision.”
Waknuk who was with the GPRC Wolves for 10 seasons (2005-2015), including six years as Head Coach, winning the ACAC Championship in 2011 and the ACAC North Coach of the Year, says of his departure “I am very excited for this next challenge in my basketball coaching journey, but I will be forever grateful for my time with GPRC and will continue to support the Wolves and all the tremendous people that make up the program”.
In total, Waknuk coached in 250 ACAC games with the Wolves, producing many conference and national all-stars throughout his time. He was instrumental in developing the Wolves community basketball programs.
Waknuk and Ryder will continue to coach together this summer. They are working together with the Team Alberta Girls’ Basketball team that will be competing at the 2015 Western Canadian Summer Games in Wood Buffalo.
For more information, please contact:
Athletic Director GPRC
GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball Coach
Wolves Alumnni, Fiona Benson, Olympic hopeful
By The Northeast News
The Canadian track and field community will have its eyes on a young Dawson Creek woman in the coming weeks, after Fiona Benson blew the pack away and almost achieved an Olympic-qualifying time at an 800 metre race in Victoria on May 30.
Her time—2:01.58—has also qualified her for a spot on Canada’s team at the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games.
The cut-off for that event is June 14, at which time the top two runners in the country for 800 metres will be selected for the team. Read More
Celebration of College Volleyball
By John Short, Edmonton Sun
June 2, 2015
A special privilege reserved for athletes, sports builders and dedicated followers is the chance to look backwards and forwards at the same time.
These days, athletic director Francois Fournier and his staff at Grande Prairie Regional College are doing exactly that. They look forward to a major celebration of volleyball on the weekend of July 2-4 and revel in the knowledge that the past is what makes this event — commemorating 40 years of effort and success — so vital. Read More here
Wolves Volleyball 40th Anniversary Registration Open
We are so excited to be hosting the Wolves Volleyball 40th Anniversary Celebration! It will be a memorable and exciting event, with Wolves from the past, present, and possibly future!
There will be many activities for you and your family, with the 40th Anniversary and Wall of Fame Dinner and Dance as the focus event. Be sure to join us in making new memories with those from our past!
GPRC Hires New Men’s Basketball Coach
May 28 2015
For Immediate Release
GPRC is pleased to welcome Thomas Slifka to the 2015 16 coaching staff. Mr. Slifka will be the new GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball Coach replacing Jonathan Verhesen.
Slifka has been working with the MacEwan University Griffins Men’s Basketball Program and the University of Alberta Pandas Basketball Programs since 2012. Prior to that he worked with Kent State University in their basketball program. He was the Lead Assistant with the Men’s Basketball program then took on the Head Coach position of the Women’s Basketball Program.
“I am excited in accepting the head coach position with the GPRC Wolves,” noted Slifka. “The philosophy of the program, the attitude of the players and the strong community support of the program were integral in making my decision.”
Slifka played basketball with the University of Akron – Wayne and played tennis with the University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley. He has been coaching in the provincial team program of Basketball Alberta and with the University of Alberta Junior Pandas program. He has been instructing various courses in the Kinesiology program while working on his Masters of Arts – Coaching Studies at the University of Alberta.
His experience, dedication to coaching and understanding of community based programs will be a great fit to the GPRC Wolves Basketball Program.
For more information, please contact:
Athletic Director GPRC
GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball Coach
New Head Coach for Wolves Men's Volleyball
GPRC Athletics is very pleased to announce that Mitchell Schneider will be assuming the position of Head Coach for GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball. He has two seasons of experience as Assistant Coach of Keyano College Huskies, and several years with the Saskatchewan Volleyball Association coaching, managing and developing high performance athletes. Prior to his coaching career Schneider played five seasons of ACAC Volleyball for Keyano College.
“I have for many years admired the GPRC program,” says Schneider. “Grande Prairie has been the model of consistency that other programs should strive for. I have always admired the strength that GPRC has shown for consistently building competitive college teams as well as being influential in developing one of the strongest community club programs in the province.”
Wolves Athletics is looking forward to the coaching skills and energy which Schneider will bring to the program. “We appreciate Mitch Schneider’s coaching philosophy and his understanding of good education principles,” says Athletics Director François Fournier. “We are confident that our program will continue to grow and succeed with him as Head Coach.”
“The opportunity to be involved with a program and community with a model such as that which exists in Grande Prairie is very exciting,” says Schneider. “I am thrilled to become part of it and work toward continued growth and success.”
For more information, please contact:
Athletic Director GPRC
GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball Coach
Wolves Soccer Squads Travel to Ft Mac
The Wolves Women continued to build momentum as they head down the home stretch of their schedule towards playoffs, with 2 convincing victories over the hometown Keyano Huskies of 5-0 each day. This marked the third consecutive 5-0 victory for the Wolves Women, following up a 5-0 victory during their last home game of the season vs the Concordia Thunder.
The young Wolves continue to develop and progress as a unit and their extra efforts and hard work appear to be paying off. Players of the game over the weekend were Danica Blasius and Taylor Watson, who both the back of the net a combined 4 times each over the 2 games. The Wolves have a break over the Thanksgiving weekend before closing out regular season vs Augustana Vikings in Camrose Oct 18/19.
The Wolves Men also were in Fort Mac to face the undefeated and much improved Keyano Huskies. GPRC knew before the game that basically needed any kind of result vs the Huskies to keep their faint playoff hopes alive heading into the final weekend of play. The Wolves came out very disciplined and well organized and fought their way to a hard fought 0-0 draw vs Keyano. On Sunday the Wolves needed to put forth a valiant overall team effort with plenty of new players drawing in the line-up due to key players needing to sit out in order to confirm being eligible for the team’s final weekend of games vs Augustana. The revamped, young group of players really showed well only allowing an injury time goal at the tail end of each half to result in a final of 2-0 in favor of the still undefeated Huskies. Players of the game for the men were Kevin Dimonekene and Steven Nemeth. The Wolves Men are also off until Oct 18 and 19 when they venture to Camrose to close out their regular season vs the Augustana Vikings.
Dominant Performance by X-Country Wolves Women at ACAC #4
The #2 nationally-ranked GPRC Wolves Women’s X-Country team won its second ACAC race of the season on Saturday in Calgary, ACAC #4- Pre-Nationals hosted by SAIT Polytechnic. Placing its four scoring runners in the top ten, GPRC tallied 22 points, 13 better than second place Lethbridge College. UBCO, the CCAA’s top-ranked women’s team, was a distant third with 53 points.
Individually, Mirelle Martens was first amongst the college runners for the third time this season. She recorded a time of 19:51 over the hilly 5 km course. Teammates Jamie Wigmore (4th), Jackie Benning (7th), and Amanda Patteson (10th) were the next Wolves runners to finish. Kirsten Manz (32nd) and Tamica Campbell (46th) also completed the race.
The Wolves Men placed sixth in the men’s 8 km race, behind the winning team from UBCO. Riley Wallace had the best GPRC placing with an 11th place finish amongst the college runners. Other Wolves finishers included Brandon Wladyko (25th), Ian Keefe (31st), Josh Malmstem (37th), Gaurav Rawat (47th), and North Alton (55th).
The Wolves’ next ACAC meet is the Conference Championships in Fort Mc Murray on October 25.
In other cross country action on Saturday, two former Wolves contested the Sled Dog Open in Saskatoon. Eric Martinek was the second University of Alberta runner across the line, placing 19th in the men’s 8 km race. Hayden Hollowell, running for the University of Saskatchewan, was 31st.
Wolves Coaches Win Western Gold
August 11, 2014
GPRC Wolves Women’s basketball head coach Dave Waknuk led the Team Alberta U16 female basketball squad to a gold medal finish at the 2014 U16 Western Canadian Basketball Championships, held in Edmonton at the end of July.
Team Alberta defeated Team BC 49-45 in the gold medal final in a thriller, which saw Alberta hit the go ahead three point shot with less than a minute to play. Team Alberta had lost to BC by 34 points just three days previous in round robin play, thus making the final’s victory that much sweeter. This was Alberta’s only gold medal between all of their boys and girls teams in different age categories at the National Championships and Alberta’s best ever finish at the Western Canadian Championships. It was Alberta's first gold of any kind, at any level, provincially in five years.
Waknuk has been involved with Basketball Alberta for several years and was named U16 Head Coach in December 2013. The team was selected with the top players in the province and trained throughout the summer, including competing in a tournament in Chicago in July. Waknuk’s assistant coach with Team Alberta is also his assistant with GPRC, as Graeme Ryder worked with the provincial team this summer.
Congratulations to both GPRC Wolves coaches on a job well done with Team Alberta!
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